(From 2000 Vintage) Merlot elegance, cabernet sauvignon structure and cabernet franc spiciness blend to yield a refinedyet concentrated wine. Aromas of licorice, cassis and smoke unfold in the glass, while blueberry andspice cloak the mouth in refined, complex flavors.
Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines54% Cabernet Sauvignon; 46% Merlot. This wine's first aromas of ripe cherries and briary spice are supported by milder but complexing notes of cassis and caramel, and these themes are repeated in wine's medium-depth flavors. Supple to begin and very much in the manner of Merlot, the wine becomes a bit tougher and tighter at the back and will reward some two to five years of cellar time.